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Cynthia was born in 1949. She currently resides in the Baja of Mexico while writing the sequel to No Such Thing: The Committee, as well as an epic trilogy of fantasy/romance chronicles along and compiling a collection of original poems.
She has a 1990 B.A in both Sociology and Religion from DePaul University-Barat College of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, Illinois, as well as Urban Politics studies at the graduate level from the School of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin. She is a retired Federal agent specializing in interview and investigative field research. She is an activist for the homeless and lectures and advises interested entities on affordable low-income housing concepts.
She is a recipient of a milieu of awards including the 1989 Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. She is one of President George Bush Sr. and Gen. Colin Powell’s 1000 Points of Light in 1992 when she received the award for her advocacy with the homeless. She was a founding member of Lake County, Il. P.A.D.S. emergency shelter system; founding member of the award winning Redmond/Bellevue, WA. A.R.C.H. affordable housing consortium; City of Sedona, Arizona Housing Commissioner in 2003-5; as well as the Town of Jerome,AZ. Affordable Housing Coordinator and volunteer at the Town City Hall and tour guide. She is passionate about stemming the feminization of poverty prevalent in the United States.
She is the single parent of two sons, her first born having graduated the University of Southern Colorado and Post Grad degrees is a successful business entrepreneur; while her youngest son dabbles in the restaurant businesses of downtown Seattle and Miami areas. She is allowed to share her casita with her feline rescue companions, Siamese/Tabby, Tiger-Lily and Mexi-Mix midget, Gretchen.
on Dec. 07, 2014 :
No Such Thing: The Committee, by Cynthia Seasons, took me on a trip through the mind of a patient with split personalities and eventual breakthrough to healing. It melds traditional psychotherapy with metaphysical/spiritual modalities. We humans are all of those aspects and more. One cannot understand one portion without addressing the rest. One portion cannot be healed without healing the rest.
I found the patient, Moriah Montgomery to be of exceptional character from the beginning, with hidden endurance in spite of a brutal life and becoming suicidal. We had to see the story through her mind to know why she could not be that strong and willful person that was buried deep inside. In the end she ends up nearly overbearing because she has found her true self, is proud of it, and plans to live the life of which she had so long been deprived. This has been an incredible journey for Moriah and will be for each and every reader who can stick with this story till the end.
A novel is usually fictional. However, this novel is patterned after a true case and as such should not be taken lightly or seen as pure entertainment. To me, it was difficult to see what fiction there may have been, outside of name-changing and few other minute details. This book, in essence, could well become a case history to be studied in psychotherapy training of doctors and other professionals in the field.
I would not recommend this book to a person who approaches therapy for their own multiple personality or other very serious disorder. The spectacular breakthroughs achieved by Moriah Montgomery may cause a person to compare their own therapies with hers and be either disappointed in the degree of their personal overcoming or feel total failure for not being able to accomplish all she did. Too, Moriah’s journey could be seen as too long a road to travel when one is fragile and close to giving up. Each case is different and should not have interference from another.
Something needs be said about the clinical psychologist, Dr. James. Had Moriah been led somehow to someone less caring, less professional, the story would have a different ending, perhaps a tragic one. Dr. James’s patience knows no end. He truly guided Moriah to find her miracle and in doing so, found unsought reward for himself. It could only work that way for one so committed to helping a patient in his care.
I would recommend this book to those interested in therapy modalities. This story of overcoming multiple personalities offers points of understanding that the astute and curious reader will pick up for their use and self-understanding, even though they may not need therapy themselves. This book was long and arduous to get through because I felt everything the characters felt and wished for a quicker upbeat ending. The denouement, however, left me rooting for Moriah. In my mind, I’m saying, “You go, Girl!”
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
Dwight W. Hunter
on March 23, 2013 :
Cynthia Seasons has hit a literary home run with this true-life book, No-Such-Thing:The Committee recounting her personal struggles condensed into one year of therapy to reconnect her mind splintered entities into a single being. Ms. Seasons uses a fictional character, Moriah Montgomery, as the platform for her alternate self in a fictional format to meld a cast of multiple personalities back into a single unified person. Some of the therapists noted in this work are real and their names are used with permission, while others are composites or fictional names.
Speaking as a retired psych nurse and counselor, in my opinion, Ms. Season’s has produced a seminal breakthrough work offering a window into the mystical realm of Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD). MPD as defined in the DSM-III published in 1980, as an individual having two or more definable personalities which may manifest separately from one or (another) other created personalities. Sub-personalities are created as a means to cope with severe trauma, anxiety and stress. Later versions of the DSM renamed this disorder as Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) which Ms. Season’s uses in her book.
The reader, without a lengthy descriptive stage setting preamble, is immediately drawn into a non-world populated by Moriah and a committee of sub-entities planning Moriah’s demise. Ms. Season’s writing style reflects a high level of scholarship while at the same time demonstrates a rare talent for grabbing and holding the reader’s attention as she wades through the murky waters of psychiatric cant.
(review of free book)
on March 13, 2013 :
Awesome story! The character, Moriah has put her heart and soul out there for all to see beneath the surface. Readers are able to go along for the ride of their life as Moriah fights to regain her true self.
(review of free book)